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									            MASSACHUSETTS
 SCHOOL BUS DRIVER SAFETY COMPETITION




    SCHOOL BUS DRIVER
   SAFETY COMPETITION
          To Qualify for the National School Transportation Association's
              School Bus Driver International Safety Competition


 CALL 1-800-368-0440 FOR ENTRY FORMS AND ADDITIONAL INFO.
SPONSORED BY THE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION OF MASSACHUSETTS
                                               REGULATIONS

     Contestants are to report to the designated area by 9:00 a.m. for the written evaluation. A judge will be at the
     entrance to the written exam room and will evaluate each contestants appearance according to the guidelines
     written in this manual. Those deemed inappropriate will not be allowed to compete. Late arrival could disqualified
     a contestant. Contestants are to report by 10:00 a.m. to the cafeteria for instructions. Contestants should please
     note that as was the case for the past two years, there will be no "walk through," or explanatory tour of the course
     by event officials. Contestants should become aware of the details and procedures of each event by studying this
     manual. Due to the need to wrap up the event and remove the equipment, we are unable to allow observers the
     opportunity to drive the course after the event.

2.   Contestants will be divided into two groups by numbers. Those who will perform the pre-trip inspection first will
     report to the lead judge in the cafeteria and will be required to remain in the fenced pre-trip area thereafter. Upon
     completion of the pre-trip, those contestants may return to the cafeteria to a designated area and wait for the
     remainder of their group to complete the event. Those contestants who will drive first, will report to the
     designated waiting area outside the building and remain there until their number is called for driving. When both
     groups have completed their portion of the events, the two will swap places. More detail is provided in the actual
     description of the events.

3.   Any driver who knowingly accepts signals from spectators may be automatically disqualified. All spectators will
     be required to stay a minimum of 20 feet from any of the contest areas.

4.   In all events, the bus doors must be kept closed unless rules and regulations of the competition event require they
     be opened. It shall be assumed that the driver has pupil passengers on board from the start of the contest, and he
     or she must conduct him or herself accordingly. Five demerits will be charged for any bus door being opened
     during the operation of the vehicle.

5.   Each competition contestant will be required to maintain proper driving position at all times except when the
     competition Rules and Regulations require the contestant to leave the seat of the vehicle. Proper driving position
     is being firmly in the seat with feet firmly planted on the floor or on the controls. The contestant will not be
     permitted to put his head out the bus window. Seat belts must be worn and snugly fastened (except, if the shoulder
     strap does not fit properly it may be placed behind the contestant, but the lap belt must be used) during the
     competition. There will be a complete disqualification in the event any infraction concerning the above occurs.

6.   The requirements for PERSONAL APPEARANCE are as follows: Contestants will be judged "only" on personal
     appearance. THERE WILL NO LONGER BE AN INTERVIEW! Contestants appearance will be based on
     neatness, cleanliness and appropriate dress. A driver may be disqualified for dress that is not acceptable (i.e. torn
     jeans, dirty or ripped clothing, in need of a shave, too-short shorts, T-shirts with inappropriate statements on
     them). Remember, on May 16, 1999, you will not only

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                                                 REGULATIONS
                                                        (Continued)


      represent yourself{ but also your company, and the school bus industry.

7.    An extra bus identical to those being used for Pre-Trip Inspection will be available prior the start of the
      competition for contestants to become familiar with controls, lights, etc. In addition, once the events begin, while
      six contestants are performing the pre-trip event, the next six will be accompanied by a Judge to the extra bus and
      allowed to ask questions about controls and again become familiar with that style of bus. Once at the actual pre-
      trip buses, no time will be provided for familiarization, the actual event will begin immediately.

8.    The time limit for completion of the bus inspection test is SIX (6) MINUTES. Do not start the engine for air or
      vacuum test, as contestants may inform the Judge verbally as to these inspection procedures. Contestants will,
      however be required to activate all lights or other electrical accessories. Under the hood is off-limits

9.    A bus identical to those used for the driving events will be stationed near the start line. At any time, contestants
      may board the bus and become familiar with controls, switches, etc. When called to drive, the contestant will be
      allowed to have mirrors and seat adjusted and be ready to drive. Mirrors can only be adjusted to provide the driver
      vision that would be normally required for safely operating the vehicle and getting maximum field of vision. No
      mirror adjustments will be made to see the ground only.

10.   To assist the Judges, at any event that requires definite use of the mirrors as part of the event, i.e., the STUDENT
      LOADING, the contestant MUST use his right hand and physically point to each mirror as he completes the
      "mirror check". Failure to do so will be deemed by the judges as a failure to perform a mirror check.

11.   If a driver may feel the need to bring a pillow or back support to aid in the seat adjustment, they may do so.

12.   The score sheets and event set ups are enclosed to aid all drivers in preparation for the competition.

13.   Lunch Program: The lunch program this year will be the same as past years. Due to the projected time constraints,
      the Competition Committee has decided to continue the Competition through the lunch hours. Lunch will be
      available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30
      p.m. During this time lunches will be distributed to the judges. If the judges choose to take a half hour for lunch,
      they may do so. They may also decide to just "eat on the job."

      The contestants MUST check with the judges before they go off for lunch. The contestants for Vehicle
      Inspection will check with the Pre-Trip Lead Judge and the contestants for the Driving Portion will check with the
      starters. It is the CONTESTANTS responsibility to ensure that they are in the designated area at all times.
      Contestants could jeopardize their turn if they are unavailable when called.

                                  PLEASE WATCH FOR YOUR TURN!!

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                                                                   AWARDS

       Each contestant Will receive a certificate of participation suitable for framing. First, Second, Third-Place, and Rookie of the
       Year Trophies will be awarded. Cash awards of $200, $100, and $50 will also be presented to the top three winners. First-
       place winner receives an expense paid trip to the NSTA's School Bus Driver International Safety Competition .


                                                     COMPETITION EVENTS

       Each of the following sections includes the title of the event, the purpose of the event, a description of the course, special
       instructions, and the scoring and judging procedures. The better the contestants understand this information, the more
       successful they will be.

       The events will not necessarily occur in the same sequence as they appear here.

       Written Examination:

       Total Possible Score: 100 Points

       PURPOSE OF TEST: There are many laws, rules, and regulations with which a school bus driver must become thoroughly
       familiar. These have been established as a result of years of study and experience. Contestants are encouraged to study these
       regulations. Any questions referring to traffic laws will comply with the National Uniform Vehicle Code or DOT Standard
       17. The purpose of this test is to determine the extent of the contestant's familiarity with these important guidelines of safe
       driving.

       INSTRUCTIONS: The test will include 50 questions. The questions will be true or false and multiple choice. The questions
       will be based upon the publications mentioned above and upon common driver knowledge. Please read the questions
       carefully. If True or False, mark the question as per the sample below:
                                            Mark "T" for True
                                            Mark "F" for False

       1. When changing lanes, it is necessary to check the lane being entered for approaching traffic.
                                                                                                  ____T____
       2. Children on the bus are permitted to hang out the windows to keep from getting car sick
                                                                                                  ____F____

       On multiple choice questions, answer in the following manner:

       1. A stop sign means:

a.   Slow down to at least 10 m.p.h.
b.   Slow down to at least 5 m.p.m.
c.   Proceed cautiously if there is no traffic within 100 yards.
d.   Come to a complete stop.
                                                                                                     _____d_____




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Pre-Trip Inspection Test

Maximum Score: 75 points

PURPOSE OF TEST: A school bus driver is required by law to make a daily inspection of his bus before transporting
pupils. A school bus found unsafe shall not be used for the transportation of pupils until such defects are corrected. Such
inspection should be planned and conducted in a systematic and logical manner to insure that all defects are noted. The
purpose of this test is to evaluate the contestant's efficiency in conducting this inspection.

A time limit of six minutes will be enforced for each contestant. Contestants failing to complete this test within the
time limit will receive 60 demerits. If any reasonable assistance is needed in checking the bus, the judge will assist in a
way that does not violate the spirit of the test (e.g.; checking the operation of the stop lights).

INSTRUCTIONS: The Judge will have the six defects listed on his score sheet and will give points for each one the
contestant discovers and clearly tells the judge about. There may be additional defects discovered, but only those pre-
determined by the judges will be awarded points. Under no circumstances will a contestant start the engine of the bus
during this event.




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                                     PRE-TRIP INSPECTION
                                        SCORE SHEET


                CONTESTANT NAME ___________________________NUMBER.______

                                                         MAX. SCORE            75


                                                         DEMERITS      _______


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                                                         SCORE EARNED     _______

                                                                     DEMERITS

1.    _____________________________________________        +10        ______

2.    ________________________________________________     +10        _______

3.    ________________________________________________     +10        _______

4.    _______________________________________________      +10        ______

5.    _______________________________________________      +10        _______

6.    ______________________________________________       +10        ______


BONUS FOR ALL SIX                                           +15        ______


TOTAL SCORE                                                         __________




              OFFICIAL SCOREKEEPER.__________________________________________




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Height Judgment

Maximum Score: 25 points

PURPOSE OF TEST: To test the perception of the contestant relating to the clearance height needed for his vehicle to
safely pass under a stationary object.

INSTRUCTIONS: Contestant will board secured bus in a designated area. The Judges will lower the bar on the uprights
until the contestant blows the horn to stop. Pole vault standards to be lowered until the exact height to clear the bus under
the cross bar is reached.

      SCORING:           (+) or (-) 1 point per inch.




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                                                   HEIGHT JUDGMENT
                                                     SCORE SHEET

CONTESTANT NAME__________________________________________________NUMBER._____________

                                                                           MAXSCORE              25

                                                                           DEMERITS         _________

                                                                           SCORE EARNED__________

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                                                                                        DEMERITS

        *Note.. Pole Vault Crossbars Will be lowered until the driver signals by blowing the horn. This is expected to be
           the exact height for the bus to clear crossbar.

1" under or over                                                           -1                      ___________

2" under or over                                                           -2                      ___________

3" under or over                                                           -3                      ___________

4" under or over                                                           -4                      ___________

5”, under or over                                                          -5                      ___________

6" under or over                                                           -6                      ___________

7" under or over                                                           -7                      ___________

8" under or over                                                           -8                      ___________

9" under or over                                                           -9                      ___________

10" under or over                                                         -10                      ___________

11" under or over                                                         -11                      ___________

12" under or over                                                         -12                     ___________


Other                                                        1 demerit for each inch               __________


                    OFFICIAL SCOREKEEPER:__________________________________________

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Preparation to Drive

Each contestant may board the extra bus, which is identical to the driving buses, and familiarize himself with the
controls, switches, etc. Once called to drive, he should only need to have the seat and mirrors adjusted and be
ready to drive.

Time

An elapsed time will be kept for each contestant for the purpose of deciding any tie score. Time starts when the
contestant begins the first event and ends when he completes the last event at the stop line. This does not include
the vehicle inspection test.




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                      BUS SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE
                  MASSACHUSETTS SAFETY COMPETITION


Conventional Bus         Body:           Thomas Built Bus - 77 passenger.
                         Chassis:        1994 or newer, Ford or equal.
                         Transmission:   AT Allison Automatic
                         Wheelbase:      276" Approximately.
                         Steering:       Power
                         Mirrors:        6" X 30" interior
                                         Left & right west coast with approximately 3' spotters
                                         2 - 8" cat's eye crossover mirrors.




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Riding Judge
Maximum Score: 25 points

      INSTRUCTIONS: There will be a Judge riding on board throughout the driving events with each
      contestant The Judge WILL NOT TALK with the contestant, answer questions about events , or
      provide any directions or comments. The contestant is to ignore the Judge and drive as though only
      elementary students are on board.

      SCORING: The riding Judge will evaluate the following and provide demerits for failure to perform.
      The proper driving position as described in the 'REGULATIONS". Failure to place the transmission in
      neutral and set the parking brake at events where an outside Judge must approach the vehicle to measure
      or mark. Contestant turning head around to look when the event requires proper mirror usage. Using the
      LEFT foot on the service brake The Judge will use a stop watch to time the contestant from leaving the
      starting line and will stop timing when the contestant blows the horn at the STOP LINE event. Time to
      complete the course will be used as a “ tie “ breaker should a tie occur.



     FAILURE TO WEAR SEAT BELT OR DRIVING WITH HEAD OUT OF THE

       WINDOW WILL RESULT IN TOTAL DISOUALIFICATION FROM THE

                                           COMPETITION.




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                                                 RIDING JUDGE
                                                 SCORE SHEET

               CONTESTANT NAME ____________________________________NUMBER _______

       OFFICIAL TIME _____________                              MAX SCORE         25

                                                                DEMERIT S       ________


                                                                SCORE EANNED ________

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                                                                            DEMERITS

Left foot on brake                                              -5          _______

Not securing the bus:

   Student Load                                                 -5          _______

   back-up Test                                                 -5          _______

   Curbline                                                     -5          _______

   Stop Line                                                    -5          _______

Not covering service brake at student loading.                  -5          _______

Abrupt stop and start on Student Loading.                       -5          _______


NOT WEARING SEATBELT - TOTAL DISQUALIFICATION FROM COMPETITION.

DRIVING WITH HEAD OUT OF WINDOW - TOTAL DISQUALIFICATION FROM COMPETITION.

IS BUS DRIVER DISQUALIFIED FROM COMPETITION? YES_____ NO_____


OFFICIAL SCOREKEEPER :_____________________________________________________




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Back Up Test
Maximum Score: 50 points

INSTRUCTIONS AND SCORING: Bach parking stall is identified by parallel white lines on the pavement
10 feet apart. Each front corner Will be marked by upright standards that will not interfere with the backing of
the bus. In order to limit the driver to established maneuvering room, a front wheel limitation line will be placed
on the pavement perpendicular to the parallel stall marker lines. The approach to the back-up stall will be made
from the right hand side only. The distance from the front stall standards to the wheel limitation line will be 40
feet.

Each contestant will be permitted two back-ups before demerits will be charged for excessive backing. If the
bus touches a front stall standard twenty-five demerits will be given. If the bus touches a side marker line ten
demerits will be given. Five demerits will be given for each instance of backing more than twice. Upon
completion of the test, the bus should be parked as nearly in the center of the 10 foot stall as possible (both ends
of the bus). Two demerits will be given for each inch or fraction thereof , the bus is off the two inch center line.
Centering will be determined by the relationship of the center of the front and rear bumpers to the center of the
stall, but with only the single greatest distance off center (front or rear) being used to compute demerits. Two
demerits will also be given for each I inch or fraction thereof that the bus is parked in excess of I 8" from the
rear barrier. Contestant will sound horn upon completion of parking maneuver.




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                                                     BACK UP TEST
                                                     SCORE SHEET

CONTESTANT NAME:                                                              NUMBER______

                                                                            MAX SCORE     50

                                                                            DEMERITS      ____________

                                                                            SCORE EARNED__________

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                                                                                        DEMERITS

Bus touches cone.                                                            -25         _______

Bus touches side marker line.                                                -10         _______

Bus extends over rear barrier line.                                          -50         ________

Bus is parked more than 1" off the 2" centerline front or rear. (Greater only.)
-2 for each instance of 1" (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) max of 14 demerits                _______

Bus parked more than 18" from rear barrier.
-2 for each instance of 1" over. (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) (2) max of 14 demerits          _______

Each contestant will be permitted two back-ups before demerits will be charged for
excessive backing. Five demerits will be given for each instance of backing more
than twice.     (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) max of 50 demerits

Failure to complete event.                                                  -50           ______

OFFICIAL SCOREKEEPER:_________________________________________




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Curb Line
Maximum Score: 25 points

PURPOSE OF TEST: To determine a driver’s skill in pulling close to the curb within a limited distance in a
forward movement. Backing into the space is not allowed.

INSTRUCTIONS: The course simulates a limited curb length between parked cars. Drivers will use the turn
signal and pull close to the curb with both front and rear tires without hitting the simulated curb. Drivers should
allow enough distance ahead of the bus to pull away from the curb without having to back up. Drivers must use
the left turn signal and left-hand mirror before pulling back into traffic.

SCORING: Five demerits are given for failure to use right turn signal and five demerits are given for failure to
use left signal. Drivers receive 25 demerits for backing up or hitting the curb. For each six inches or portion
thereof that the rear dual wheels are away from the curb, five demerits are given. The total demerits given for
this event will not exceed 25.




                                       CURB LINE EVENT




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                                             CURB LINE
                                            SCORE SHEET

CONTESTANT NAME ______________________________________________NUMBER._________

                                                           MAX SCORE        25

                                                           DEMERITS     ________


                                                           SCORE EARNED_________


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                                                       DEMERITS

Failure to use right turn signal.                           -5         _________

Failure to perform mirror check. (Hand signal only.)        -5         ________

Tire touches curb.                                         -25         ________

For each 6" increment from curb                (5) (5) (5) (5) (5)     ________

Backing during the event.                                  -25          ________

Failure to use left turn signal.                            -5         ________

Failure to perform mirror check. (Hand signal only.)        -5         ________

Failure to complete event.                                 -25          _________




OFFICIAL SCOREKEEPER _________________________________________




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Stop Line Test
Maximum Score. 25 points

PURPOSE OF TEST. This test is designed to determine the contestant's depth perception, ability to use cross-view mirror, ability to
bring his bus to a smooth stop.

INSTRUCTIONS: A stop line 8 feet long will be established. The contestant will be expected to bring his bus to a complete stop as
close to the stop line as possible. Only one stop will be made. Demerits will be given for more than one stop. The contestant can
approach the stop line at any desired speed. Contestant will sound horn upon completion of stopping maneuver.

SCORING: Five demerits will be given for each instance of bringing the bus to a stop more than once. If the bus passes over the stop
line, 25 demerits will be given. Measurement will be taken from the front surface of the front bumper. The bus is expected to stop
within 2 inches of the stop line. Three demerits will be charged for each 2 inches or fraction thereof, that the bus exceeds this tolerance
after being brought to the final stop.




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                                                        STOP LINE
                                                       SCORE SHEET

               CONTESTANT NAME ____________________________________________NUMBER:___________

                                                                                           MAX SCORE   25

                                                                             DEMERITS      _________

                                                                            SCORE EARNED_________



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                                                                                        DEMERITS

      0" to 2"

over 2" to 4"                                                               -3          ________

over 4" to 6"                                                               -6           _______

over 6" to 8"                                                               -9          ________

over 8" to 10"                                                             -12           _______

over 10" to   121                                                          -15           ________

over 12" to 14"                                                            -18            _______

over 14" to 16"                                                            -21            _______

over 16" to 18"                                                            -24            _______

Stop beyond the stop line.                                                 -25             ________

For each instance of stopping bus more than once. (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) max. of 25          _______

Failure to complete event.                                                 -25             _______



                          OFFICIAL SCOREKEEPER _________________________________________




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Diminishing Clearance Test
Maximum Score: 50 points

PURPOSE OF TEST: In this test, the contestant is required to drive his bus in a straight line within diminishing clearances, and to
     drive in a smooth and continuous manner

INSTRUCTIONS: For the purpose of conducting this test, five pairs of parallel standards will be set up, each pair of standards
      parallel to the next. The distance between each pair of standards is 25 feet and the width of each pair will vary as follows:

       1st Pair Standards Width of bus plus 10"      2nd Pair Standards - Width of bus plus 8"
       3rd Pair Standards - Width of bus plus 6"     4th Pair Standards - Width of bus plus 4"
       5th Pair Standards - Width of bus plus 2"

The contestant will be expected to proceed through this lane in a smooth and continuous manner without making contact with any of
        the markers.

SCORING: Two demerits will be given for each instance of uneven movement (with a maximum of 10 demerits). Four demerits will
      be charged for each instance of stopping the forward motion of the bus (with a maximum of 20 demerits). Ten demerits will
      be given for each instance of contact with a marker




                                               DIMINISHING CLEARANCE




   (1) width of bus plus 10"                         Measurement between markers is 25 ft.
   (2)Width of bus plus 8"
   (3) Width of bus plus 6"                          Equipment:
   (4) Width of bus plus 4"                               10 vertical stanchions
   (5) Width of bus plus 2"                               (36" in height , minimum)


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                                    DIMINISHING CLEARANCE
                                         SCORE SHEET

CONTESTANT NAME:_____________________________________NUMBER:_________

                                                                    MAX. SCORE        50

                                                                    DEMERITS       ______

                                                                    SCORE EARNED______

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                                                            DEMERITS

For each instance of jerky or uneven movement of the bus.
                               (2) (2) (2) (2) (2)        max. of 10 demerits      _______

For each instance of stopping the bus.
                              (4) (4) (4) (4) (4)            max. of 20 demerits   _______

For each instance of bus touching a marker.
                              (10) (10) (10) (10) (10)       max. of 50 demerits   _______

Failure to complete event.                                          -50            _______



OFFICIAL SCOREKEEPER:____________________________________________________




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Student Loading
Maximum Score: 25 points

PURPOSE OF TEST: This test is designed to evaluate a driver's alertness while loading and unloading
elementary pupils. Such items include the proper use of mirrors and the special school bus lighting systems.

INSTRUCTIONS: Contestant will stop the bus to load students using the proper procedure. Contestant will
be judged on correct "mirror check" approaching, at the stop, and leaving. Contestant MUST use his right hand
to indicate clearly to the judges which mirrors are being checked. Also judged will be proper use of the eight
way warning lights, turn signals, smooth stopping, placing the transmission in neutral, setting of the parking
brake once stopped, foot covering the service brake, proper timing of opening and closing the door, and
signaling the students when it is safe to approach and board the bus.

SCORING: Five demerits will be given for each of the following: no mirror check before stop, failure to
activate flashers, sudden stop, failure to use signals, door open before stop, parking brake not applied, foot not
covering service brake while stopped, moving before closing door, no mirror check before starting up again.
The total demerits will not exceed 25.




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                                               STUDENT LOAD
                                                SCORE SHEET

CONTESTANT NAME:______________________________________NUMBER:________

                                                                  MAX. SCORE      25

                                                                  DEMERITS     ______

                                                                  SCORE EARNED______

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                                                            DEMERITS

Failure to activate amber flashing lights.                        -5           _______

Failure to use right turn signal.                                 -5           _______

Failure to check mirrors. (Hand signal only.)                     -5           _______

Bus front bumper stopped closer than 10 feet from the student sign.-5          _______

Failure to keep door closed while in motion.                      -5           _______

Failure to check ALL mirrors. (Hand signal only.)                 -5           _______

Failure to use left turn signal.                                  -5           _______

Failure to complete event.                                        -25          _______



OFFICIAL SCOREKEEPER:____________________________________________________




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Right Turn
Maximum Score: 50 points

PURPOSE OF TEST: To determine the driver's ability to negotiate a tight 90 degree turn.

INSTRUCTIONS: The corner is marked with cones and the driver must drive the bus to pass within six (6)
inches of the pivot cone on the corner.

SCORING: Ten (10) demerits will be given for each cone that is touched. Five (5) demerits will be given for
each 6" segment beyond the first 6" of the pivot cone. Ten (10) demerits will be given for each time the bus is
backed. Twenty-five (25) demerits will be given if the bus touches the pivot cone.




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                                          RIGHT TURN EVENT
                                             SCORE SHEET

CONTESTANT NAME:_____________________________________NUMBER:_________

                                                                    MAX. SCORE          50

                                                                    DEMERITS         ______

                                                                    SCORE EARNED______




Note : Put check mark by each cone touched / check off rear tire marker.
                                                  PENALTIES
1.     10 points off for each cone touched.
2.     5 points off for each 6" segment beyond the first 6" of the pivot cone.
3.     10 points off for backing during the event.
4.     25 points off for touching the pivot cone.

                                                    SCORE
1.     Cones touched.                                               ______ X 10 = _______

2.     Excessive rear tire clearance.                               ______ X     5 = _______

3.     Backing during the event.                                    ______ X 10 = _______

4.     Pivot cone touched.                                          ______ X 25 = _______

OFFICIAL SCOREKEEPER:___________________________________________________
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Straight Line

Maximum Score: 50 points

PURPOSE OF TEST: To determine the driver's ability to maneuver the right wheels of a school bus over a
straight path of a given width.

INSTRUCTIONS: The right wheels of the bus must travel the indicated path without striking or moving
markers with any wheel. The bus must be operated in a continuous forward motion. The distance between the
markers is the width of the dual wheels plus three (3) inches.

SCORING: Fifty (50) demerits will be given for failure to complete event, or failure to keep the door closed
during the event. Two (2) demerits will be given for jerky or uneven movement of the bus, with a maximum of
ten (10) demerits. Four (4) demerits will be given for each instance of stopping the forward motion, with a
maximum of twenty (20) demerits. Five (5) demerits will be given for each instance the bus touches or knocks
a marker off. Ten (10) demerits will be given for each marker, where the driver drives on either side of the
markers.

                                            STRAIGHT LINE
           Each pair of tennis balls is separated by the distance of “ width of bus dual tires plus 3 “
                                    Equipment : Ten tennis balls on holders




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                                        STRAIGHT LINE TEST
                                           SCORE SHEET

CONTESTANT NAME:_____________________________________NUMBER:_________

                                                                   MAX. SCORE        50

                                                                   DEMERITS        ______

                                                                   SCORE EARNED______

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                                                            DEMERITS

Each instance of jerky or uneven movement of the bus.
              (2) (2) (2) (2) (2)                           max. of 10 demerits   _______

Each instance of stopping the forward motion.
              (4) (4) (4) (4) (4)                           max. of 20 demerits   _______

Each instance of where bus touches or knocks marker off.
              (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5) (5)    max. of 50 demerits      _______

Drives to either side of pair of markers.
               (10) (10) (10) (10) (10)                     max. of 50 demerits   _______

Failure to complete event.                                         -50            _______

Failure to keep door closed during event.                          -50            _______



OFFICIAL SCOREKEEPER:____________________________________________________




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Offset Alley Test
Maximum Score: 50 points

PURPOSE OF TEST: This test is designed to evaluate the driver's ability to handle the bus under actual or
simulated driving conditions. The contestant must drive the bus through two off-set lanes with a minimum of
hesitation and without touching the barriers or flag tips.

INSTRUCTIONS: Two sets of parallel barriers, ten feet long are set up with tips ten feet apart. The right-
hand barrier of the first set is placed in a direct line with the left-hand barrier of the second set (the offset
barriers). The distance between the two sets of barriers (from the end of the first set to the beginning of the
second set) is the length of the bus plus three (3) feet. The direction of the off-set (left or right) will be
determined on the day of the event.

SCORING: Fifty (50) demerits will be given for any backing during the event, touching the barriers, not flag
tips, for not completing the event, or opening the door during the event. Eight (8) demerits will be given for
each instance of stopping the bus, maximum of 16 demerits. The following demerits will be given for each
instance of touching any flag tips: 1st instance = 7 demerits, 2nd instance = 21 demerits, 3rd instance = 42
demerits, and 4th instance = 50 demerits.

                                             OFFSET ALLEY




(Distance between barriers is length of bus plus 3 feet )
Width of barrier alley is 10 feet .




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                                          OFFSET ALLEY TEST
                                             SCORE SHEET

CONTESTANT NAME:_____________________________________NUMBER:_________

                                                                     MAX SCORE               50

                                                                     DEMERITS      ______

                                                                     SCORE EARNED______

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                                                            DEMERITS

Each instance of stopping forward motion of the bus. (8) (8) max. of 16 demerits   _______

For each flag tip that is touched. (7) (21) (42) (50) max. of 50 demerits          _______

Contestant opens bus door during event.                              -5            _______

Backing of bus during the event.                                     -50           _______

Touching a barrier.                                                  -50           _______

Failure to complete the event.                                       -50           _______



OFFICIAL SCOREKEEPER:____________________________________________________




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Railroad Crossing Test

Maximum Score: 25 points

PURPOSE OF TEST: This test evaluates the driver's knowledge of laws and regulations required to operate a
school bus across railroad tracks.

INSTRUCTIONS: A simulated railroad crossing will be established. The layout will be as follows:

 1. A 60 foot roadway that crosses one set of tracks.
 2. A railroad crossing sign will be placed in the proper position at the right side of the
    roadway.

SCORING: All items will be judged from the time the contestant approaches the crossing until he reaches the
other side of the crossing. He will be checked on his use of directional signals, mirrors, stopping the bus,
opening the door, checking track, driving across the railroad tracks, etc. While most violations in this and other
tests are violations of fixed laws and regulations, some are based on generally accepted safe driving procedures.

WHEN APPROACHING AND LEAVING THE RAILROAD CROSSING, THE CONTESTANT MUST USE
HIS RIGHT HAND TO INDICATE CLEARLY TO THE JUDGES THAT THE PROPER "MIRROR
CHECK" WAS ACCOMPLISHED.

The following procedures for school bus drivers at railroad grade crossing are taken from the CDL Regulations.

 1. The driver of any school bus, whether carrying passengers or not, must, before crossing
    any track, bring his bus to a full and complete stop not less than 15 feet or more than 50
    feet from the rail nearest the front of the bus.
 2. When drivers make stops for railroad crossings, they shall carefully observe traffic and
    reduce speed, far enough in advance of the stop to avoid trapping other motorists in panic
    stops or rear-end collisions with the bus. On multiple lane roadways, no such stop shall be
    made in the center or left hand lane.
 3. No special signs, signals, or flashers designated only for use on school buses shall be
    activated while stopping or stopped for this purpose.
 4. The driver when stopped shall fully open the entrance door, and after the stop and while so
    stopped, listen and look in both directions along the track for approaching trains. Prior to
    resumption of motion, the entrance door must be closed.
 5. If the view of the track for a distance of 1000 feet in either direction is not clear or is
    obstructed in any way, no portion of the bus may be propelled onto the tracks until, by
    personal visual inspection, the driver has made certain that no train is approaching. In no
    instance may a signal indicating safety be considered as conclusive or serve to abrogate this
    precaution.
 6. Drivers shall, in every instance, cross the tracks in a gear that will not necessitate changing
    gears while traversing the crossing.




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7. In the event that a train has passed over the crossing, no bus driver shall drive his bus onto
   said track until such train has sufficiently cleared the crossing so that the driver is certain
   that no train, hidden by the first train, is approaching on adjacent track.
8. For improved vision and hearing, a window at the driver's left should be opened and all
   noisy equipment (fans, etc.) should be shut off until the bus has cleared the crossing.


                                   RAILROAD CROSSING EVENT

 Equipment :
 Wood tracks (1” thick)
 (tape or painted tracks can be used)
 Railroad sign




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                                        RAILROAD CROSSING TEST
                                             SCORE SHEET


CONTESTANT NAME:_______________________________________NUMBER:_______

                                                          MAX. SCORE      25

                                                          DEMERITS     _______

                                                          SCORE SHEETS_______

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                                                            DEMERITS

Failure to activate 4-way flashers.                       -5           _______

Stops closer than 15' from tracks.                        -10          _______

Stops further than 50' from tracks.                       -5           _______

Failure to open door at crossing.                         -10          _______

Failure to open window at crossing.                       -10          _______

Failure to check up and down tracks.                      -10          _______

Improper use of school bus flashers.                      -10          _______

Failure to close door before crossing tracks.             -10          _______

Failure to cancel signals                                 -5           _______

Failure to complete event.                                -25          _______



OFFICIAL SCOREKEEPER:____________________________________________________




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                                 SUMMARY SHEET


CONTESTANT NAME:__________________________________NUMBER:____________

                                                 MAX. SCORE       575

                                                 DEMERITS      ______

                                                 SCORE EARNED______

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
EVENT                            MAX. SCORE       DEMERITS     SCORE

Written Examination                100 points      _______     _______

Pre-Trip Inspection                 75 points      _______     _______

Height Judgment                     25 points      _______     _______

Riding Judge                        25 points      _______     _______

Back Up Test                        50 points      _______     _______

Curb Line                           25 points      _______     _______

Stop Line                           25 points      _______     _______

Diminishing Clearance               50 points      _______     _______

Student Loading                     25 points      _______     _______

Right Turn                          50 points      _______     _______

Straight Line                       50 points      _______     _______

Offset Alley                        50 points      _______     _______

Railroad Crossing Test              25 points      _______     _______


                                   ________        _______     _______

TOTAL POSSIBLE SCORE               575 points      _______     _______




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